SANTO DOMINGO.-The solid waste management plan begins with a citizen conscience and an environmental education campaign to determine what are the measures that must be taken so that the waste goes through a sorting process and the landfills prolong their useful life and become a new productive sector.
The statement is from Ramón Mejía, a specialist in solid waste management, who expressed these considerations during the discussion “Duquesa: An opportunity for the comprehensive management of solid waste”, transmitted by the Instagram of the candidate for deputy for the Modern Revolutionary Party in the circumscription one of the National District, Orlando Jorge Villegas, also participating the cardiologist Eliany Mejía; Jorge Rizek, president of Rizek Vital Recyclers and the producers of the documentary “Isla de Plástico” Nashla Bogaert and José María Cabral.
The waste management specialist considers that the country is in a stage of uncertainty as there are different organizations with different projects for the readaptation of the Duquesa landfill.
“It is necessary to draft a law that is approved by all sectors including civil society, businessmen, divers, the city council and international organizations that have experience in other countries of this type of project,” he emphasized.
On her side, the cardiologist at the Brugal Melosa clinic in Puerto Plata, Eliany Mejía, spoke about the health implications of the smoke from the fire at the Duquesa landfill and respiratory problems for both people with difficulties and those who are healthy.
According to the specialist, among the consequences that people suffering from respiratory difficulties can present are allergies, coughs, itching, shortness of breath and other more severe complications such as asthma, bronchitis, pneumoconiosis, suffocation due to lack of oxygen and heart attacks.
“You should avoid contact with the smoke as much as possible, use masks that cover the area of the nose and mouth and in case of feeling any discomfort seek help immediately since toxic gas is lethal,” he recommended.
Meanwhile, Nashla Bogaert and José María Cabral, producers of the documentary “La Isla del Plástico”, which deals with pollution in the country, expressed the need for a change in consumption habits regarding plastic, that we treat waste as a resource and not as garbage and exert public pressure so that the competent authorities can prioritize the problem.
— Alejandra Bello Romero to eldia.com.do